Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (and Chance Adams) rained out

AA: Trenton (29-16) a 7-2 winner.

Tyler Austin 1 for 3 on rehab (1B). Billy Fleming 3b/1b 2 hits, 2 rbi.

Cortes 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 W, 4 K. 3.29
Frare (w, 1-2, 4.43) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Brewer (S, 1), 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

High A: Tampa (25-23) swept a DH.

Game 1: 3-2 win, tied it in the 6th, won it in the top of the 7th.

RF Jhalen Jackson 2 for 2, 2 doubles, 2 RBI. C Sharif Othman solo HR.

SS Jorge Mateo double, 17th SB.

Abreu 3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 3 W, 5 K. 4.50
Harris (w, 2-3, 3.48) 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 W, 3 K.
Hissong (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.00

Game 2: 1-0 win. SS Jorge Mateo 3 for 3 double, 2 triples, 3B Kyle Holder 2 hits.

Clarkin 3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 w,  5 K. 1.95
Gomez (w, 1-0, 0.00) 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
McNamara (S. 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.29

Low A: Charleston (23-23) lost 1-0. DH Carlos Vidal 2 of Charleston’s 4 hits.

Nelson (L, 0-4, 5.70) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 W, 7 K.
Sosebee 3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K, 3.18

Yankees/Royals rained out. Ellsbury to DL.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Thursday afternoon’s Yankees/Royals game has been rained out, and is rescheduled for Monday, September 25.

Meanwhile, Jacoby Ellsbury had suffered a concussion and a neck sprain.

According to the NY Post,

Ellsbury will go on the seven-day disabled list for concussions, manager Joe Girardi announced after the game, and it wouldn’t surprise to see him sit out for considerably longer….

Figure on Mason Williams or Rob Refsnyder getting the call for Ellsbury’s roster spot rather than Clint Frazier or Dustin Fowler; the Yankees wouldn’t want their higher-end guys riding the bench, plus neither Frazier nor Fowler is currently on the 40-man roster.

Thankfully Ellsbury wasn’t hurt worse and didn’t have any more plays in the top of the first, when the Yanks misdiagnosed the injury and left him in the game before taking him out between innings.

Today’s rainout gives Masahiro Tanaka another day to figure things out after a couple of bad performances.

Minor League Report. Great pitching.

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AAA: SWB (25-18) won 5-0. Maybe Chase Headley should look over his shoulder, for Gleyber Torres, in his 2nd AAA game, once again played 3B tonight.

Tyler Wade, SS, 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI, same with CF Dustin Fowler. Fowler’s performance is important because Jacoby Ellsbury suffered a concussion making a great catch tonight, and if he needs DL time….

2B Rob Refsnyder, LF Clint Frazier (double, solo HR) and RF Mason Williams 2 hits each.

Domingo German awesome tonight.

German (1-0, 3.29) 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 W, 10 K.
Gallegos 2 iP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K. 3.38

AA: Trenton (28-16) won 1-0. DH Jake Cave 2 doubles, RBI. LF Zack Zehner 2 for 2.

Domingo Acevedo awesome.

Acevedo (w 2-0, 0.00) 7 1/ 3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 9 K. 
Feyereisen (S, 3) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.55

High A: Tampa rained out.

Low A: Charleston split a DH.

Game 1: Lost 3-0. CF Blake Rutherford and Diego Castillo had all their hits, 2 each.

Keller (L, 3-4, 4.53) 6 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 W, 3 K.

Game 2: won 10-5 in 4 1/2 Innings (23-22)

Lf Ben Ruta and CF Estevan Florial 2 hits. 2 RBI each.  C Donny Sands and 1B Brandon Wagner each 3 for 3.  SS Diego Castillo 2 RBI.

Orozco 3 2/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 H, 5 W, 4 K. 6.31
Morris (W, 1-1, 2.08) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.08

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game 44. Yanks blank KC 3-0 behind Super Severino and Didi.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Luis Severino was fabulous, pitching 8 shutout innings, and Didi Gregorius homered in a 3-0 win over KC tonight.

The win puts the Yanks at 27-17, and coupled with Baltimore’s loss to the Twins this afternoon, gives the Yanks a 2 1/2 game lead in the AL East.

Didi hit his 3rd HR in the third to make it 1-0 Yanks.

In the sixth, Gary Sanchez singled, stole second, and went to third on a throwing error. Matt Holliday hit a SF (I kill for those) to make it 2-0.

In the seventh, Didi doubled, went to third on a groundout and scored on a Brett Gardner single.

Jacoby Ellsbury made a great catch on the first pitch of the game, robbing a double or triple, and stayed in the game. However, between innings, it was determined that he had suffered a concussion in making the catch, and he was pulled. Amazing he was in the game for the final two outs in the top of the first.

Great to see the 23 year old Severino maturing in front of our eyes this year.

Severino (w, 3-2, 3.11) 8 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 W, 7 K.
Betances (S, 4) 1 Ip, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0. 57. Struck out the side. 1-2-3.

Ex-Yanks’ pitcher Kuzava dies at 93.

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How many pitchers can you name that have closed out consecutive World Series?

Surely you think of Mariano Rivera in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

But you must be a hard-core fan to know and remember Bob Kuzava (or Will McEnaney of the 1975-1976 Reds).

Kuzava, who closed out both the 1951 and 1952 WS for the Yankees, died May 15 at the age of 93.

He pitched for the Indians in 1946 and 1947, the White Sox in 1949 and 1950, the Senators in 1950 and 1951, the Yankees from 1951-1954, the Orioles 1954-1955, the Phillies in 1955, and the Pirates and Cardinals in 1957.

His career record was 49-44, 4.05, ERA+ 98. He hit .086 with 1 HR.

In the WS, he was 0–0, 2.08 in three games, saving Game 6 of the 1951 WS and Game 7 of the 1952 WS.

In the 1951 WS, the only Game he pitched in was Game 6. With the Yanks up 3-2 in games in the series, and holding onto a 4-1 lead, Kuzava replaced Johnny Sain with the bases loaded and no one out. Monte Irvin hit a SF to LF that moved up all the runners. Bobby Thomson also flied to LF for a SF to make it 4-3. Sal Yvars then hit a line drive that Hank Bauer in RF made a sliding catch on to save the game and end the Series.

The only WS game Kuzava got into in 1952 was Game 7. With the Yanks up 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh, Kuzava replaced Vic Raschi with the bases loaded and one out. He got Duke Snider to pop to third, then watched as Billy Martin made his lunging grab of Jackie Robinson’s pop-up to save the WS.

Kuzava worked through an error by Gil McDougald (his second, and the Yanks’ fourth of the game) in the eighth, and worked a 1-2-3 ninth (last out: Pee Wee Reese flied to Gene Woodling in left) for the save, in which Kuzava worked 2 2/3 scoreless innings.

In the WS film, there is a famous clip of Yogi Berra piggybacking Kuzava after the final out.

Kuzava pitched in Game 5 of the 1953 WS, replacing Jim McDonald at getting the last out in the 8th. He started the 9th, gave up a HR to Jim Gilliam, and got Pee Wee Reese to fly to left. Duke Snider then singled off him and Allie Reynolds replaced Kuzava and got Jackie Robinson to GIDP to end the game for an 11-7 Yankees’ win. The Yanks would win Game 6 for their fifth consecutive WS title, a record.

It was Kuzava’s 3rd WS title.

Kuzava finished 4th in ROY voting in 1949, when he went 10-6, 4.02 for the White Sox.

His 162 game average was 11-10, 4.05, ERA+ 98. 22 starts, 24 relief appearances.

 

 

 

Minor League Report. Austin’s rehab, Torres’ AAA debut.

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AAA: SWB (24-18) lost 6-3. Rough night for Luis Cessa. Gleyber Torres played 3B in his first AAA game. 1 for 3, single, walk, strikeout, CS, made an error. LF Clint Frazier a 2-run HR.

Cessa (L, 2-4, 5.00) 5 2/3 IP, 6 R, 5 Er, 9 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Jones 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.78
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.54

AA: Trenton (27-16) won 5-2. DH Tyler Austin, 2 doubles on rehab. SS Thairo Estrada 2 RBI.

Herrera (w, 5-0, 1.47) 7 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Marsh (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H,  0 W, 2 K. 4.22
Coshow  (S, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 1H,  0 W, 1 K. 3.10

High A: Tampa (23-23) won 3-1. DH Trey Amburgey, 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. SS Jorge Mateo double & triple.

Littell (w, 5-1 2.14)  7 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Schwaab (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.18
McNamara (S, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.35

Low A: Charleston (22-21) rained out.

Game 43. Yanks’ bullpen implodes in 6-2 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Jordan Montgomery took a one-hit shutout into the top of seventh. He had a 2-0 lead thanks to HRs by Aaron Hicks (8) and Chris Carter (4).

Montgomery got an out, gave up a solo HR to cut the lead to 2-1 and got another out.

Then the Yankees’ bullpen flushed the game away.

Joe Girardi brought in four relievers, and each of the first three gave up a HR as the Yanks lost the game 6-2.

First was Adam Warren, who gave up a single and 2-run HR to the first two batters he faced. Lead gone. 3-2 KC.

In came Jonathan Holder to start the eighth. He gave up a HR on the first batter he faced. 4-2.

Then came a strikeout and a HBP. In came Chasen Shreve, who promptly gave up a 2-run HR to the first batter HE faced. 6-2 KC.

And that was the final score.

Matt Holliday had 2 hits.

Montgomery 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 6 K. 4.30. Gave up 1 HR. Excellent. Shame he didn’t win.
Warren (BS, 3; L, 1-1, 2.96) 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 HBP. 2.84. Gave up 1 HR.
Shreve 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 0.75.
Mitchell 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.84.